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Jared Kushner Is “Focus” Of F.B.I. Investigation

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The President’s Son-In-Law has reportedly become a ‘focus’ of the ongoing F.B.I. investigation. That puts the President in a very awkward position.

Fourth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Administration suffers another defeat in defense of its effort to ban Muslim immigrants.

Flynn Refuses To Comply With Congressional Subpoena, Invokes Fifth Amendment Rights

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Lt. General Michael Flynn is declining to comply with a Congressional subpoena regarding the Russia investigation, and invoking his rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Supreme Court Rejects Racially Gerrymandered Districts In North Carolina

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An important redistricting decision was handed down by the Supreme Court today.

Trump Told Russian Officials Of Link Between Comey’s Firing And Russia Investigation

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The evidence that President Trump fired James Comey in an effort to quash the Russia investigation continues to mount.

Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty

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The Anthony Weiner saga comes to an ignominious end.

Joe Lieberman For F.B.I Director?

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For some reason, Joe Lieberman is apparently the front-runner to replace James Comey at the F.B.I.

No, The 25th Amendment Isn’t The Way To Solve The Donald Trump Problem

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A Constitutional coup d’etat is not the way to solve the Donald Trump problem.

Impeachment Talk Grows, But It’s Not Going To Happen Anytime Soon

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Even with the revelations of the last three weeks, impeaching the President is still largely a fantasy.

Donald Trump Reportedly Asked Comey To Shut Down F.B.I. Investigation Of Michael Flynn

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Another day, another allegation against the President. This time, though, it’s very, very serious.

Ninth Circuit Hears Argument In Muslim Travel Ban Case

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Another day in Court for President Trump’s Muslim ban.

Two Years After Obergefell, Public Support For Same-Sex Marriage Hits Another High

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Two years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, nearly two-thirds of Americans support the idea of legal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans.

Ninth Circuit To Hear Arguments On Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Hawaii v. Trump, the case in which a Federal District Court Judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide stay against enforcement of the travel ban from six majority-Muslim countries that was issued by President Trump after his first order was barred by […]

Comey Firing Driven By Trump’s Frustration Over Russia Investigation

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Evidence continues to mount that the Russia investigation was the real motivation for President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey.

Was The Russia Investigation The Real Reason For Comey’s Firing? It Sure Seems Like It

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There seems to be no question that the decision to fire James Comey was motivated largely by the President’s frustrations over the fact that his campaign is under investigation.

President Trump Fires F.B.I. Director James Comey

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Less than a week after revealing that the F.B.I. was investigating the Trump campaign regarding ties with Russia, F.B.I. Director James Comey has been fired by President Trump.

Fourth Circuit Appears Skeptical Of Government’s Arguments Defending Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument yesterday in the appeal of an order barring travel from six Muslim countries, and it didn’t appear to go well for the attorneys defending the ban.

Jim Comey Explains Himself

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F.B.I. Director James Comey testified yesterday on the reasons he chose to publicly speak out just days before the 2016 election about the reopened Clinton email investigation.

South Carolina Police Officer To Plead Guilty In Walter Scott Shooting

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A guilty plea in a particularly shocking case of police brutality.

Federal Judge Slaps Down Trump Executive Order On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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Another Federal Court has found another Trump Executive Order unconstitutional.

Paging Justice Breyer

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Whoops: Arguments in a technical case at the Supreme Court really resonated Tuesday when Justice Stephen Breyer’s cell phone went off. Mobile devices are prohibited in the court during oral arguments. A spokeswoman for the court chalked up Breyer’s phone faux-paus as an oversight. “He doesn’t usually bring his phone and he forgot,” said Kathy […]

Yes, The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called ‘Hate Speech’

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Even the most offensive speech is protected by the First Amendment.

Supreme Court Makes It Harder For States To Keep Fines Paid By Exonerated Defendants

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The Supreme Court made it harder for states to keep fines and other payments in cases where defendants are exonerated.

Supreme Court Considers Church-State Separation Case

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in a case dealing with whether Missouri can deny a religious school from participating in a program to make school playgrounds safer.

Another Supreme Court Vacancy This Summer?

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The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is hinting at a new Supreme Court vacancy this summer.

Can States Require Candidates For President To Release Tax Returns? Probably Not.

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States are considering laws that would require candidates for President to release their tax returns, but such laws are probably unconstitutional.

Trudeau Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Canada

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Fulfilling a promise.

F.B.I. Obtained FISA Warrant For Top Trump Adviser

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A top Trump campaign adviser was the subject of a FISA warrant for at least part of last year.

Federal Court Finds That Texas Voter ID Law Is Intentionally Discriminatory

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A big win for opponents of Voter ID laws.

Robert Bentley Resigns As Alabama Governor Amid Scandal, Impeachment

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned from office late yesterday amid a sex scandal that led to impeachment proceedings against him that seemed likely to remove him from office: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his […]

United Breaks Passengers’ Sanity

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The background of the United incident, from an aviation law and policy perspective.

Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As Associate Justice Of Supreme Court

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Judge Gorsuch is now Justice Gorsuch and it’s time to hit the ground running.

On the Evolution of SCOTUS

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When life terms means almost three decades on the bench, fights will be fierce.

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed As 113th Justice Of The Supreme Court

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After a prolonged vacancy and a bitterly partisan confirmation process, Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Senate Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ As Gorsuch Nomination Heads To Final Vote

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As expected, Senate Republicans invoked the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to move the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch forward to a final vote on Friday.

Seventh Circuit Rules Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Barred By 1964 Law

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, but its reasoning is questionable at best.

Senate Committee Advances Gorsuch Nomination As ‘Nuclear Option’ Becomes Inevitable

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch even as it became inevitable that Republicans would be forced to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

The Politics of Gorsuch

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The ordinary and the extraordinary with the latest SCOTUS nomination.

Dylann Roof Pleads Guilty To State-Level Murder Charges In Charleston Church Shootings

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With the exception of the mandatory Federal death penalty appeals, the legal process is basically over in the Charleston Church shootings.

Trump’s Former National Security Adviser Seeks Immunity Deal

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Lt. General Michael Flynn wants immunity before he agrees to testify before Congress. This could be significant, or it could mean nothing at all.

Senate Headed For ‘Nuclear Option’ Showdown Over Gorsuch Nomination

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Next week’s big news is likely to be the Senate’s vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which could mean invocation of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ by Senate Republicans.

Senate Democratic Leader Schumer Vows To Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

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Let the games begin.

Gorsuch Has Another Good Day In Front Of Senate Judiciary Committee

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More fireworks on the second day of the questioning of Neil Gorsuch, but his confirmation nonetheless seems assured.

Gorsuch Sails Through First Day Of Questioning

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Day One of the questioning of Judge Neil Gorsuch went very well, and it suggests that his path to confirmation is basically clear of serious obstacles.

FBI Director Contradicts Trump On Wiretap Claims, Confirms Investigation Of Campaign

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Two big admissions from the Director of the F.B.I. today are likely to lead to real political headaches for the Trump Administration.

With Gorsuch Hearings Set To Begin, It’s Democrats Who Are In The Hot Seat

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Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings begin Monday morning, but it’s Senate Democrats who are in the hot seat.

Lack Of Oxford Comma In Maine Law Could Cost Millions Of Dollars

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The lack of an Oxford comma in a Maine statute could end up costing a Maine dairy company millions of dollars: A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most […]

Trump’s Revised Muslim Travel Ban Blocked By Two Federal Judges

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Two more losses for the Trump Administration.

Senate Democrats Split On Strategy For Gorsuch Nomination

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Senate Democrats are divided on how to approach the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, making it likely that he’ll be confirmed.

Trump Justice Department Tells Remaining U.S. Attorneys To Clean Out Their Desks

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An unusual, if not unexpected, mass firing at the Justice Department on Friday afternoon.

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